Singapore preferred over Australia, the UK for Indian teachers’ exposure tour

Singapore has been chosen as the destination for an exposure tour for Indian government school teachers. The country was selected over Australia and the UK, as per reports.

According to Tribune India, budgetary constraints played a factor in choosing the Asian country over the others.

“We have a budget of Rs 6 crore (USD 719,163) for the tour. About 200 teachers from elementary and secondary sections will go on this tour. In this budget, a tour to Australia and England is not possible,” the outlet quoted an official from GOI’s Ministry of Education.

Samagra Shiksha will be funding this exposure tour. The board comprising the Director, Higher Education, and the Director, Elementary Education will select the teachers based on criteria prepared by Samagra Shiksha.

The government is finalising the selection criteria which has been forwarded by the Samagra Siksha.

As per reports, teachers will need to have a minimum regular service of two to five years to be eligible for selection. In addition, they must have three to five years of service years left.

Those educators with service experience in tribal areas will get partial preference, however, this condition will not apply to Junior Basic Teachers (JBT). Apart from that, teachers with either state or national level awards and published work will also be preferred over others.

The tour is likely to take pace before the end of the financial year.